Empowering Oregon Students by
Supporting School Libraries

Congratulations to our new board members:

High School Rep:  Ann Poteet
Elementary Rep:  Gillian Grimm 
Para Pro:  Laura Stewart
Secretary:  Jenny Takeda
President Elect, Laurie Nordahl

Sincere thanks to ALL who volunteer their time to help OASL continue to thrive!



New work's been done on our 
Oregon School Library Standards
Check out the link to the nearly complete

Announcing 2017 Award Winners of the Year:
Paraprofessional:  Catherine Blue, Summit HS, Bend
Secondary Library Teacher:  Shelby Linn Paulson, Pilot Butte MS, Bend
District Librarian:  Laurie Nordahl, North Bend Schools 
Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrator:  Merrit Holub, Principal, St. John Fisher School, Portland

 Celebrating OASL Members

Delia Wallis, teacher-librarian at Hermiston High School and Jacquelyn Ray, librarian at Blue Mountain Community College, are the first recipients of the ACRL Oregon School/ Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship, created to foster collaboration between academic librarians and school librarians. Their project will identify key gaps in the writing skills of students leaving high school and entering college.  See more about their project here.

Photos of Delia Wallis and Jaquelyn Ray

Congratulations to OASL President, Peggy Christensen, for receiving the 2016 Opening Doors, Enriching Lives award from the Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation.


Peggy was a teacher in Coos Bay for twenty years before becoming a librarian in 2000. Jennifer Groth, Foundation President, said Peggy "truly lives and breathes our motto by focusing her energies on those students who might otherwise be overlooked, who need to feel a sense of belonging to stay in school." We agree!


Congratulations to Amy Wilde, winner of OYAN’s You’re Excellent Award (OYEA!) from the Oregon Young Adult Network, a division of OLA. Amy is the teacher-librarian at Cascade Middle School in Bend and was recognized at the Spring 2016 OLA conference.


See the article on the Bend LaPine Facebook page here.  And the Spring 2016 OYAN Review article here on page 3.

Congratulations OASL member Jean Gritter, teacher-librarian at West Albany High School. Jean, a fellow teacher and a district-level staffer from Greater Albany Public Schools are the recipients of the 2016 Intellectual Freedom Champion Award from the Oregon Library Association. Congratulations to the trio!




Check out the  Spring 2018  Interchange:

School Librarians: Geared for the Future
Always great articles and good ideas.  

OASL Letters of Appreciation!  

Would you like to recognize a program, event, organization or community partner that supports strong school libraries?  We are setting up a process by which OASL can send a Letter of Appreciation on your behalf.

Find information via the Awards link   ---->

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A strong school library program includes instruction to support student achievement. To that end, OASL developed the Oregon School Library Standards, and they were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2015. The standards address the following areas: Information Literacy, Reading Engagement, Social Responsibility, and Technology Integration.

These standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2015.  

Promote School Libraries in Oregon!
Check out our "Save Our School Libraries" Advocacy and visit our Parent Advocacy page.

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Oregon Association of School Libraries
PO Box 3067
La Grande, OR 97850